a travel guide to malibu, california

through the santa monica mountains, nestled up next to the ocean, and just north of l.a. is my very favorite part of where i live. malibu is a tiny little paradise within the greater los angeles area. from lazy beach days, to coffee shops with a view, this destination has so much to offer beyond the tourist norms. here are just a few . . .



hidden beaches


  1. broad beach

this private beach has a little public access door about halfway down broad beach road. it’s just passed the craziness of popular zuma beach, making it a perfect little relaxing spot. there’s also a little rock formation that you can climb around if that’s your thing.

  1. la piedra state beach

if you’re a little more of an adventure-seeker, go with la piedra. it’s a state beach, however its cliffs are what put this spot on my list. similar to el matador, la piedra has much more of a low key vibe. perfect for an early morning with your camera and journal in my opinion..



coffee & more


  1. cafecito organico

cafecito is a coffee chain in southern california. the malibu location in point dume village has the vibe of your cool local coffee shop. oh, and the coffee is absolutely incredible. pro tip? trade in that starbucks soy latte for an almond milk latte at cafecito. i guarantee you won’t regret it.




  1. escondido falls

you have to park at the base of a hill and walk through a neighborhood to find this one, but it’s completely worth it. the hike is pretty easy, mostly flat ground all the way to the falls. head on over in the winter or spring to see them with some water. ;)

  1. big sycamore canyon

if you’re not up for sixteen miles, this hike might not be up your alley. however, it is nearly a flat trail 8 miles from newbury park to pt. mugu beach in malibu, and many people opt to pre park their cars in malibu and only hike the initial eight mile stretch. it’s up to you!


locals only


  1. sea lily flower shop

this little flower shop mixes beach vibes with lots and lots of life. it’s a plant lover’s dream with outdoor flowers, and indoor crystals situated among succulents. oh, and for the pet deprived college student, there are usually a few dogs just hanging out in the front at sea lily.

  1. malibu farmer’s market

sunday morning’s just aren’t complete without a trip to malibu’s own farmer’s market. grab your friends, your family, or just yourself and head over to civic center way. from the freshest of fruit to vegan cookies, you’re sure to find a little bit of something for everyone here.



do you have any other favorite malibu stops I may have missed? let me know in the comments!